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Last days of Southport Weekender is coming on May 8-10

15:51 Mar/20/2015

Southport Weekender is coming to an end after 28 years.

Organisers have confirmed that the 2015 edition of the festival will be its last, citing numerous factors including "rising costs and expectations" as the reason for its closure.

UpNorth Promotions released a statement earlier today calling time on the UK's longest-running dance music weekender, which has been a staple on the circuit for nearly three decades.

It was started in 1987 by lead organiser Alex Lowes and was inspired by the soul music weekenders popular on the South Coast of England at that time. Lowes envisaged an event in the north of the country with a more progressive soundtrack and its first edition took place in Berwick upon Tweed, before moving to Blackpool and then Morecambe, then finally finding its spiritual home in Southport.? By the time the weekender landed there, its sound had evolved into leaning heavily towards the more soulful side of house. At its peak, Southport Weekender became as synonymous with the style as Defected Records or Masters At Work.

Gangstarr, Roxanne Shante, De La Soul, Teddy Riley, Soul II Soul, A Tribe Called Quest,India.Arie, Jazzy Jeff, The Pharcyde, Jill Scott, Alexander O'Neal, Mr Fingers, Reese Project, Terry Callier, Angie Stone, Ten City and Raphael Saadiq are just some of the names to have performed live at the event over the years.

Say farewell to the Southport Weekender on May 8-10. It goes down at Butlins in Minehead and will feature Masters At Work, Kerri Chandler, Chez Damier, Marcellus Pittman, Ron Trent, Mad Mats, Joey Negro, Paul Trouble Anderson, Jocelyn Brown and Peven Everett.


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